INFOhio Citation Guide

MLA and APA Format Guides

What is a format guide?

Different subject areas have different needs when it comes to citing sources and formatting essays. There are numerous different format styles. The most common format styles include the following. 

  • MLA (for arts and humanities)
  • APA (for social sciences)

MLA and APA General Format Guides

The table below includes links to style guides for MLA and APA. 

MLA General Format Guide

APA General Format Guide

The official source for MLA style is the MLA Handbook by The Modern Language Association of America, 2016. For free, online information on using MLA style, see this resource.

  • Purdue OWL: MLA General Format: MLA Style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and citing research in writing. MLA Style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citations in their essays and Works Cited pages. 

* Read MLA 9th Edition Changes on Purdue Online Writing Lab to learn more about the differences between MLA 8th edition and MLA 9th edition. 

The official source for APA style is the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association by American Psychological Association Staff, 2010. For free, online information on using APA style, see this resource. 

  • Purdue OWL: APA General Format: APA Style specifies guidelines for formatting manuscripts and citing research in writing. APA Style also provides writers with a system for referencing their sources through parenthetical citations in their Works Cited pages.